Twas’ the Day Before Christmas…

And all through The Burg I was busy with stuff and hardly ever heard.

Well, what’s going to happen is while I have managed some writing this morning, I have things coming up this afternoon that will leave me a bit rushed when it comes to getting out an excerpt.  So, because I know it will drive some crazy, I’m going to get the excerpt out sometime this evening.

I’ll see you later tonight.

Ciao.

Week of Hell

How much hell?  I guess you gotta watch the video to find out.  Enjoy!

 

Here’s the photo of Tarantula and me:

 

And here was me wearing my over-the-knee boots to work yesterday.

 

Sliceable Life

It’s time to return from the holidays and get back with old friends:

Wide Awake But Dreaming

Everyone, in life real or fictional, wants to have a place to call their own.  It’s one of the concepts I keep returning to in the novel, because it’s truly a focus for my kids.  They have their childhood homes; they have their rooms at the school; they have their space where they share dreams.  It’s something I feel right–had for a few years now–because I sometimes feel like I have no real place to live, that I have no real home at the moment.

But that’s me:  my kids, they’re finally back home to, as Kerry called it, “Salem Home.”  Like it or not, since about a week after they arrived at school back in their A Levels, they’ve called good old Cernunnos Tower home, or at least Annie started that and Kerry picked up on it quickly.  Everything after that was, “Let’s go home, Sweetie,” and given how they were developing as…

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Laying Down the Future

Tuesday night was another night for laying out chapters in C For Continuing, but it was time to get down into the detail and look at what needed writing.  That meant opening up Chapter Twenty and setting up each scene that occurs–

But while I was at it I decide Chapter Twenty-One needed opening as well.  So I jumped in there, too.

When writing gives you two for one.

 

Chapter Twenty has four scenes.  The first, Seeing On the Ball, is the setup and happens in class.  Will anyone other than Annie and Kerry have visions?  Maybe.  Visions on Duty is the whole vision that the kids have.  Rather than embed it inside another scene, it gets one of its own.  Public in Private concerns Deanna discussing what happened from her point of view as well as learning as much about the vision from Annie and Kerry as possible.  The last scene, Wonders and Discoveries, is all Annie and Kerry discussing the vision as they return to the Great Hall because… well, just because, yeah?

I expect the first scene to be the longest, but none of these scenes should go longer than fifteen hundred words–maybe two thousand for the first one.  Even so, it’s setting up the chapter to be about five thousand words–which isn’t a bad average if you think about it.

Now, Chapter Twenty-One is a little different.  Personal Projections will take us into something that hasn’t been touched on up to this point–and that’s one of the kids attempting to perform an astral projection.  Preparing to Project is the setup and Walking On a Thread is the actual projection, which means–surprise!–one of both kids manage the spell.

Bu there’s Something in the Winds… remember how Deanna said there are things in the Astral Realm that people need to avoid?  Guess what?  We may get to see one of those things.  No matter what, Return to Base gets us back to the end of the session and whatever danger there was is likely gone and/or bested.  And we get to hear how the projection went, right?  I’m sure that will happen.

Since it’s likely I won’t head to practice tonight–the cold is trying to return and my back is still sore–I’ll likely map out Chapters Twenty-Two and Twenty-Three.  After I get some food in me and maybe take a nap.

Gotta be rested if I’m gonna think about the future in the past, right?

Teardrops and Titillations

It’s all about travel and presents–

Wide Awake But Dreaming

Over the weekend I came to the realization about something in my stories.  It’s nothing major, but . . . I’m probably going to have to remove the song lyrics used in both novels, only because I likely will not be able to afford the rights to use them.  A lot of times you can get permission from the artist for their lyrics, but it’s also true that a lot of time the songs aren’t owned by the artist and are instead owned by someone who’s gonna say, “Sure, go ahead and use the song, Cassie,” but rather, “Where’s my money, bitch?”  It’s not a big deal–there are only four locations–but one of them is for a great scene that I’ll have to butcher just a little to make work.

I shouldn’t complain too much:  I’d probably go after fan fiction writers, or maybe not.  Haven’t decided on that yet…

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Preparing For All Points Homeward

And once the dreams are over, it’s time to return “home”…

Wide Awake But Dreaming

Since I was on the road all day yesterday there wasn’t a bit of writing–other than my blog post, naturally, but in many ways I don’t count that.  However, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t ready for this morning . . .

First off, Chapter Nineteen has begun.  We’re onto the point after Yule and, if you look at the image below, you’ll see we’re even into another year:  2103.

It won't be long before I'm up to our current year--whenever that may be. It won’t be long before I’m up to our current year–whenever that may be.

Besides being the title of a song and album, “Goodnight Vienna” is Liverpool slang for “It’s all over,” and that pretty much sets the tone for this chapter:  the holiday is finished and students are on their bounce back to America.  It could also means more, but for me to say so . . . naw, I don’t play that way.  But I do like to pick up action…

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Seeing the Parts to Come

About last night–  Hey, that would make a good title for a movie or a book, yeah?

Anyway, as I said I would do, last night I began plotting out Part Six.  Well, not actually plotting it out: that requires setting up the scenes for what’s to come in the chapters.  But I’m getting there and I expect this week to see me finishing out the plotting, because these characters aren’t gonna plot this sucker out by themselves.

What do I have, then?  Well, for Part Six I’ve got this:

Lookie! It’s another part!

 

Part Six is Our Winter of Discontent and this is leading the kids into the last couple of months of school before Salem shuts down and 2013 becomes one with the history books.  So things are gonna start getting a little sticky for the kids and probably get a little worse as time goes by.

First up we have Public Visions and as I indicated, deals with Annie and Kerry doing a class exercise with Deanna and having a vision–oh, should I have said Spoilers?  Like you didn’t know that would happen.  Well, it’s coming next and it’ll be fun.

Then there’s Personal Projections.  What’s that?  It’s Annie-centric and all I can say is that she decides to do something she was told not to do, but you know Annie, right?  It’s also gonna be interesting.

Third up is Recruitment Night and this begins the creation of a derby league in Salem.  Annie’s off to become Fresh Meat and not turn into Rotten Meat like me, since I’ve been uncertified for more than six months.  My guess it’s quite likely that before you know it, she’s gonna be hittin’ bitches in the wall.

Just follow my advice, Annie.

 

And last is Racing Rudeness and hell, we know what that means.  I mean, it’s about time Kerry got into a wreck, don’t you know, and now’s the time to lay that on him.  Expect a certain soul mate to be pissed, too.

So that’s Part Six–

But wait!  There’s more!

Yes, I decided I’d lay out Part Seven as well because, well, I already had part of it laid out.  What’s that you say, Cassidy?  Yep, I did.  Because I’ve showed it to you before.

Part Seven is titled Travelogues and, as you might guess, it deals with traveling and the aftermath.  Like–

All this travel.

 

The first chapters is Yule in Pamporovo and if you don’t know what that’s about, you be trippin’.  Annie goes home for Yule and she’s got company, ’cause Kerry is gonna stay with the Family Kirilovi.  Kerry gets to see how Annie lives as well as having plenty of time to get to know his future in-laws.  Which is probably not a bad idea since he’ll likely see more of them than his family.

The next two chapters are Weekend with the Girls and The Polar Express.  The first is Annie going off with Helena to do some Guardian stuff while the second is Kerry going off with Emma to fly and freeze his butt.  If I haven’t made it clear up to now, both of these happen at the same time, so there won’t be scenes of Annie mopping around Salem wondering where Kerry’s at.  Which is for the best because who really wants to see that?

And last is Post Mortums, which deals with the aftermath of both excursions–sort of.  Kind of.  Maybe.  Things will happens that require discussion, so this is the time for that to happen.  And they will.

There you have it: the next few–or many–months of writing.  And what comes after that?

I guess I’ll have to plot it out.